You can help the Ground Works organization continue to get teaching gardens going at Sioux Falls schools at an event Thursday night. It will be a thank you to volunteers and students for the work that has been done so far and a look at what is to come in the future.
The organization, Ground Works, continues to help launch teaching gardens at area schools in Sioux Falls. In May a second teaching garden was launched at Hayward Elementary School. The first teaching garden was launched earlier at Lowell Elementary. Ground Works is the organization that helps get teaching gardens going at schools. Lowell Elementary in Sioux Falls is in its 5th growing season. Hayward Elementary had beds built and got a team together over the Summer. Ground Works launched a third school teaching garden at the Children's Home Society. The goal for Ground Works is to reach and impact 5,000 children, families, and neighborhoods by 2015. They say they are on target with over 1,200 students currently being impacted.
Ground Works organizers say an outdoor classroom teaches kids a lot of different skills ranging from science to the arts. By working as a team organizers say students also practice effective leadership, communication, and conflict resolution abilities. Students also learn the physical benefits of planting, harvesting, and eating fresh food. Ground Works also says increased consumption of fruits and vegetables helps eliminate childhood obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Ground Works says their curriculum is developed and reviewed from the SDSU Extension. Ground works says they bring practical expertise in team building, garden management, curriculum application, coaching, and fundraising to interested schools. Ground Works officials say they work to be an effective resource in all steps of the school garden process from beginning conversations to garden celebrations. They also adapt each site to its school and neighborhood needs.
A Thanks for Giving meal is being held at the South Dakota School for the Deaf Thursday night. The school is located at 2001 East 8th Street in Sioux Falls. The event will feature students from the Children's Home Society bringing prayers and poetry, children from Lowell elementary MC ing the event, and special music from students at Dell Rapids playing violin. Chefs from Sanford and Avera will be there providing the meal. The event runs Thursday night from 5:30 to 8:30. Tickets are $25 and you can buy them at the door.
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